Australia Cool Soil Initiative Grows to 1.5 million Acres

Check out this video featuring Kellogg’s work on Cool Soil Initiative in Australia. The Cool Soil Initiative was launched in 2017 under the leadership of Mars Petcare and in 2020, expanded to include major food manufacturers in Australia including Kelloggs, Manildra Group, Allied Pinnacle, as well as the Food Agility CRC and leading researchers at…

Trailblazers in Soil Health: No-till on the Plains

Photo shows Steve Swaffar, Executive Director of No-till on the Plains (left) with Jim Johnson, Agronomist at Noble Research Institute (right) examining soil. Steve is an active SHLL member, passionate about his work, attending every meeting, sharing his experiences openly and providing thoughtful questioning and feedback to his peers. No-till on the Plains is a…

System leadership is not just desirable; it’s necessary to deliver impact

By Hal Hamilton The Sustainable Food Lab has two objectives: 1) deliver impacts in the ways that supply chains affect people and nature, and 2) increase the capabilities of “system leaders” who make those impacts happen. Desirable impacts on farming systems—ecological and social—require shifts in the enabling conditions for farmer and business decisions, and those…

How to achieve GHG goals and millions of acres in regenerative agriculture? Report from the field and next steps: a “Scale Lab”

Hal Hamilton and Elizabeth Reaves In late 2020, one of our colleagues, who is responsible for the greenhouse gas commitments of a large food company, asked us to help quantify costs and GHG impacts of work with farmers in their supply chain. The company was having some difficulty justifying projects in crop agriculture because of…

Can we really fix a screwed-up world? Rebecca Henderson thinks we can

By: Hal Hamilton   The most important book I’ve read in years is Rebecca Henderson’s Reimaging Capitalism in a World on Fire. It’s the right book for this moment during which we each tumble with both fear and hope. She occasionally lets her deep caring show, but her style is pragmatic, almost matter of fact as…

Keeping Change Moving When Everything Stops

Many of us are finding silver linings in the global shutdown, even as we fret about the fate of our more vulnerable partners in farming communities bound to suffer dearly from the economic fall-out of the pandemic. While comparatively small, the opportunity to engage for longer, more reflective conversations is one such silver lining.  The…